It was not a good day for smokers in Holyoke, Mass. today, as the city’s board of health raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products from 18 to 21 and also passed a ban on the use of those products, though a press release did not provide specifics as to the locations where lighting up will be forbidden and an email to the board was awaiting a reply.

The law does make an important distinction that pertains to those under 21-years-old, as only the purchase becomes illegal, while usage will not be a punishable offense.

Both changes were passed unanimously.

Holyoke has a population of just over 40,000 residents and is located about 10 miles north of Springfield.

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